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Word of the day for the Dolphins: Regression.

BOSTON -- They led 17-3. They rushed for 156 yards and averaged 5-yards a carry. Tom Brady was less than mediocre, throwing for only 116 yards with one touchdown and one interception with a visibly swollen throwin hand. New England right tackle Sebastian Vollmer broke his leg and left the game, joining Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, who are done for the season, and cornerback Aqib Talib, who didn't play.

And given all these advantages and perfect scenarios, the Dolphins still lost?

Yes, the Dolphins lost.

And that leads me to the word for today: Regression.

As I write in my column in today's Miami Herald, the Dolphins collapsed and they are in full blown regression.

The Dolphins have regressed from the team they were last year at this time when they were getting better results with less talent.

The Dolphins have regressed from September when they were 3-0.

The Dolphins have regressed to the point they're arguably the worst team in the AFC East. That's right, Miami is in third place with a 3-4 record behind the Patriots and the Jets and just ahead of the Bills. But Miami has a division worst 0-2 record and they already lost to the last-place Bills.

How is any of that better than it was last year?

And amid all of this the Dolphins are borderline delusional.

"No, I don't feel like the season is starting to slip away because we have a great team," nickel back Jimmy Wilson said.

Is he serious?

Wilson went on to say the Dolphins need to win the next four games to make up for the last four consecutive losses. Well, the Dolphins are 2 1/2 games out of first place already and they're not getting stronger but they better start winning very soon if they want to salvage this season.

But how to do that when they're getting worse?

Ryan Tannehill is playing worse now than he played in September.

The talent level is getting worse with the loss of wide receiver Brandon Gibson for the season.

And the play-calling? It's getting worse. Consider that it's bad when offensive coordinator Mike Sherman abandons the running game when it isn't blowing the opponent away. On Sunday, he abandoned it when it was working! In a close game!

And now the players are noticing.

"It seemed like we were running the ball real well, we were effective," guard Richie Incognito said. "It was third and manageable; we were picking up big chunks on the ground. I think we got away from that in the second half. That is kind of where we kind of sputtered."

Tell me something ... why aren't Miami's rookies playing?

Why is Nolan Carroll playing -- and giving up a TD pass as soon as he enters the game -- but second-round pick Jamar Taylor and third-round pick Willie Davis are inactive? Well, either those kids are not very good (which is on the personnel department) or they are not being developed (which is on the coaching staff).

Why is first round pick Dion Jordan a part-time player but less talented, less upside Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby are playing more? I know Jordan is talented. It seems every time he's on the field, something good happens. But he's not really on the field all that much. How are coaches arriving at those decisions to play a better player less?Cluelessjoe

Why has Mike Wallace looked so ineffective? He came to the Dolphins as an accomplished deep threat. He came here without major issues about his hands. Now that he's with the Dolphins he cannot get deep and cannot hold on to the football? Sorry, I don't buy it's all on Wallace. The Dolphins blamed Brandon Marshall when he didn't produce as much in Miami as in Denver. Then Marshall went to Chicago and produced at a very high level again.

After a while it's not the player we should be looking at. It's the people charged with developing those players and the system those players are put in.

So where do we go from here?

Well, general manager Jeff Ireland needs to find a wide receiver because the Dolphins only have three on the roster and one on the practice squad.

Will he chase Hakeem Nicks? Josh Gordon? Justin Blackmon? Greg Jennings?

The trade deadline is Tuesday. Ireland addressed the desperate need for an offensive tackle by trading for Bryant McKinnie. And although the Dolphins gave up six sacks Sunday -- all in the second half -- four of those came when the Patriots figured out Sherman had no intention of running the football.Tannesack

The AFC East is still wide open, because the Patriots seem vulnerable despite their 6-2 record. The team has multiple injured players, including Brady who nonethless denied his swollen throwing hand was swollen. 

Unfortunately, the Dolphins don't currently have the feel of a team that is ready to turn things around. Sometimes they start poorly. Sometimes they finish poorly. Sometimes they can't run. Sometimes they give up on the run even when they're running well. Wide receivers don't get open quickly, or don't get open deep, or drop too many passes.

The defense that was supposed to make more game-defining plays doesn't. 

And Tannehill fumbles or throws the interceptions or shows little pocket or situational awareness -- particularly lately.

There's a word for all of that: Regression.


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and the phins 78 guy too

I know everyone is going to go high and to the right here...and everyone should. It's upsetting to see the same product on the field year in and out. I honestly don't think the problem is coaching, or play calling. When do the players get called out for NOT executing. The players are playing mediocre football. I'm hoping we play better. I wanted this season to spring us into the playoffs and beyond for years to come. The players need to take a long hard look at themselves. They should feel embarrassed to cash those checks the 4 weeks.

Mediocre QB's always seem to need excuses. Russel wilson Regular Season
61.5 - CMP% 1,489 yards 11Td's 4int passwer rating 97.2
He does fumble but how in the heck is that struggling. plus look at his teams record

I don't get the hate for Matt Moore. He's shown himself to be competent here and in Carolina. Nobody is saying he's an elite QB but like a goalie in hockey, there comes a point where a team needs a spark.

Not saying this team doesn't believe in Tannehill or even the coaching staff at this point but at what point do you make that move? We're losing games we shold be winning and if you're going to give the QB credit when we're winning, surely he also has to get some of the blame when we're losing? 9 picks and how many fumbles now? Tired of hearing how it's the coaching staff and the OL. At what point does the QB have to start accepting some of the responsibility?

Killing me with all these excuses for an average QB, its the OL its the coach its everybody but Tannehill. I digress

Been saying it all week. Tannehill is not an NFL QB. After Wallace dropped that 3rd down pass that would've went for a touchdown, Tannehill just walked off the field like, "OK, we'll get them next time fellas." Ridiculous!! Any other bigtime QB would've been all over their wide receiver for dropping that pass. He's not a leader. Period..

Gotta love Philbin over there clapping up his players for doing nothing good and everything wrong. "Ok guys lets go!!!" Wish I could sell back my tickets for this game against Cincinatti.

lol @ BringBakMarino

You are preaching to the Choir.

and I forgot to mention in my previous post...ESPN shows the second half highlights showing Brady and the Patriots scoring 3 times and no mention of the terrible calls ...Brady and Patriots are the story..Shame on you ESPN for the poor reporting..you blow!


I'd take those struggling numbers right now too. BIG difference in my opinion between what's going on with Wilson and what's going on with Tannehill. One team is winning every week and believes they can win. One team stumbles every week and finds ways to lose.

Let's watch Wilson tonight and see if he looks like Tannehill.

Why is it that our offense seems so contrived and difficult? Every yard is like pulling teeth. Could it be that the game has passed Philbin and Sherman by?? Move Wallace around and stop putting him on the right side constantly. And someone please teach Tannehill to throw a deep ball. Unbelieveable how bad he is at this and yet he still tried to force one into double coverage to Wallace. Wallace doesn't want to be here anymore. You can see it on his face. I don't blame him one bit.

It also appears that we may need to prepare for the possiblity of needing to address the roster at the center position.

It appears Mike Pouncey was served papers by Mass state police, and may be dragged into the Aaron Hernandez investigation.

Pouncy is fine. They are just questioning him, Ryno. Relax.

Mike Pouncey has been arrested on charges of molesting Labradors. FREE POUNCEY !!!

Move Wallace around all right...right out the door just like the Steelers did. One trick pony is all he is. And WNY Randy, you really think ANY of the Sports sites are going to say anything that might give meal ticket NFL a black eye? Everyone who watched any of that game knew the officiating was horrible.

Dol-Phans gotta be smarter than that. How could you think Tannehill was the real deal when he couldn't even throw a deep ball. All he throws are out routes and slants. Everything else I'm holding breath hoping for the best.

A blocked FG enough said

Who will they pick up at the trade deadline tomorrow?? Herpes??

It's coaching and talent evaluation. Going into the season with Hartline, Gibson, Wallace(who is a proven player and being misused) and Keller at TE is a good group. The problem is we had to spend a ton of cap space because they were all free agents as Ireland cannot draft wr and TE to save his life. With Hartline, they could have resigned him sooner at a lower annual salary if he was in their long term plans. See the current situation with Starks/ Solia. Everyone knew we needed to upgrade offensive line, but after years of Ireland drafting and signing players, the line still sux. Incognito, our 2nd best lineman has not been offered a contract. As a result the line is about get worse not better. The lack of production from this years draft is rediculous. The rest is on poor coaching. Philbin is stubborn, reclusive, and stands by his coordinators who Are clearly subpar. Tannehill has one problem that should be coach able but I don't think he's getting the coaching from this group. When he starts to feel the pressure he needs to step up or move laterally to buy time and find passing lanes. Far less athletic absolutely do this all the time. Either this isn't being coached, or he isn't getting it. He has the athleticism, arm talent, and intelligent to read defenses. Will someone please work with this guy on pocket awareness and moving to buy time?

Not so sure about that A Realist. There is something pretty awful brewing in this whole situation. Gun trafficing up and down the east coast. I really hope that Pouncey is only being questioned because he was a roomate of Hernandez's in college.

Marino may have been willing to work with him if management hadn't treated him like crap....

Serious post here. The media is saying that Mike Pouncey is alleged to be connected to gun trafficking with his buddy Hernandez while the two were at UF. His brother with The Steelers may be served with papers as well. Bottom line, the guy is not a saint...and the FREE HERNANDEZ hat proves that he's not too bright, and he's a p.o.s.. Yet another reason why it is very hard to root for The Dolphins anymore.

Remember when Marino was brought in to help out with the team and abruptly quit...anyone else wonder what was up with that??


Wallace and our 2nd round pick, for Fitz...STRAIGHT UP.

Ross...get it done, ya bish.

And SIX more sacks yesterday....BRUTAL!!

But nobody wants to talk about THAT because everyone's favourite wipping boy, Clabo, didn't play and that would be counter-productive to their argument.

All I heard was 'bench Clabo'....'get rid of Clabo'. Well guess what? the line STINKS, with or without him.

'Worst signing off the off-season'....LOL. Yeah Ok.

Serious tailgating and commiserating in West 22 Thursday before the game..

Interception was on Tannehill. You cannot stare a receiver down then throw deep.
NFL safeties will break on the ball.

I'm not sure how it works with a grand jury inquiry. If Mike Pouncey can take the 5th he probably should. I'm not a lawyer, I hate lawyers, I don't know how these things work. I don't traffic guns. Pouncey is a scumb@g though. Knows how to pick good friends.

Mike Pouncey brought the heat on himself wearing that hat. He will at least be brought in for questioning regarding double murder in Florida.

Word from Dolphins HQ is that Jeff Ireland is working tirelessly to address team issues before the trade deadline. He would have showed up for work on time but Monday morning traffic was brutal. The masseuse then helped him over the stress. His neck was really tight. After lunch with Mr. Ross, he is going to get on the phone and start moving the chess pieces. Stay tuned, lots of reasons to be optimistic.

@ idgaf.....Another issue with Tannehill. He stares down receivers constantly. Do they not talk to him about this?!

I also asked the same question that Mando did. Why are the two CB's drafted not playing, but we're letting this scrub Carroll play. First play in and he gets smoked by a rookie receiver. Beautiful. Couldn't have been any worse with the rookies in there. Good thing we used those picks on CB's and not an O-Lineman.

this is a young team that does not know how to close or handle adversity yet...

i think we have 11 rookies, a second year QB and RB, 8 new free agents, very young and raw talent on most of the roster.

let the play and learn, stop trying to bust everything apart..

Brady and Belly have been doing this for years.......

I was at the game. Patriots are not a good team...how they are 6-2 is beyond me. I've been sticking up for Mike Wallace but actually getting to see him in action...the guy looks afraid to catch the ball...As someone stated earlier if I was Tannehill I would be all over him. Looks like $60 mil wasted. Tannehill--hard to figure...looks good then looks bad. Still can't throw a nice deep ball. Kid is shell shocked I think. Lamar Miller and Thomas looked real good running the ball wish we could have kept it going. Defense was hurt by some of the calls...what ticked me off was that they wouldn't show one replay that was questionable call on the big screen. And I don't know what to think about Sturgis now...as soon as he missed that first field goal I knew the game was going to change. At least it was played in October instead of December!!

Miss me yet?

Posted by: Craig M | October 28, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I saw 3 sacks that werent on the line but on the play call or missing the appropriate call at the line...
Clabo was garbage bro and you cant say he wasnt. McKinney was a giant and the line was vastly improved until the end there..
I was a Clabo supporter until the last few games when he looked like Columbo...

Better off losing the rest of the way to get better draft picks (assuming Ireland is fired by that time). And I don't wanna hear anything from the same fans who wanted the Dolphins to keep winning the year Luck came out. Look where that got us. Now he's shining and we look worse than a 2 cent h**ker in Overtown.

PUZZLING! that's the better word of the day. As in how is it that Jeffie still has his job? Or that T-Hill is allowed to destroy this season with his horrible play? Or how Shermie is still allowed to enable the questionable QB?

Until Sherman is not calling the plays then we will continue to lose. Im a Philbin fan but unless it clicks with him soon he will be gone..
Doesnt utilize players to their full potential and calls a game much like he did when he coached the Packers.. it worked then but they had a close to elite offense..
He called a good game for the most part in the first half.. Bellichek made adjustments and Sherman kept the course.. look who won.

Ireland's days are numbered if the skid continues..


Read it and weep, what a joke these officials are.

Vote with your wallet! There needs to be less than 10000 in the stands on Thursday night. That is the only message Ms. Ross will understand. No changes will occur as long as Ms. Ross' coffers get filled. FIRELAND!

Mark from Toronto,

You will argue what ever your point is even in the face of a QB who hands the ball back to the other team along with momentum to insure a loss. Keep drinking the Tannehill Kool-Aid. The Dolphins will not field a playoff team with T-hill at QB and Ireland making personnel decisions.

Posted by: Phins78 | October 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Phins, I hear what you're saying, but it's the same thing that was said about Henne. "He might have been fine if it wasn't for Sparano/Henning." Yet he goes to another team and is the same player. So you're saying if we had Brees, or Brady, or Alex Smith, QB who have succeeded other players, they couldn't do the same here? Then how do you explain Pennington? He brought his proven talent from elsewhere, and did the same here.

As far as Tannehill with another HC, I know you're astute enough to know that generally doesn't happen. A new HC generally brings in his own QB. Because failing with someone elses "trash" usually isn't palatable to new HCs.

Also, I'm not putting this all on Tannehill. But I'm sorry if I'm hard on my QBs, I'm a Dolphins fan. You don't go through what we have since Marino and want to wait around 5 years for a guy to prove he's a game manager. Not when the Russell Wilson's/Colin Kaepernick's/Andy Dalton's of the world can show their worth much sooner. And I don't want to give up on Tannehill. That's why I say play him. And give him an opportunity to start next year once they "try" and "fix" the problems from this year.

What I AM saying, though, is DON'T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET. Make sure you have a contingency plan if Tannehill ends up NOT being the guy. The next guy needs to be on the team already ready to step right in. Kind of like what the Skins did with Kirk Cousins. We need to make sure one way or another we have a solution at the QB position that's not A) someone else's unsuccessful QB or B) a journeyman backup like Matt Moore or Kyle Orton or someone like that.

Hope you're right Matty.....hope you're right. Now when I see Ireland in Publix I can tell him to go phuc himself.


I'm not saying Clabo wasn't bad. I'm simply saying there were SIX sacks yesterday and nobody wants to talk about it, including Armando. I'm simply asking why? Is it because Clabo didn't play? That's all we've heard for the previous six weeks and now nothing.

3 horrible calls yesterday on 3rd down plays that the Fins made the stops and Pats would be punting but wait, a mysterious yellow flag again..even Sims and Nance said they didn;t see a penalty. those 3 calls led to 17 points for Pats instead of punts...

I hope no one goes to the games anymore. We need to take a stand as fans!

Matt Moore is not the answer. T-hill may not be bthe long term awsner but he gives us the best shot. Need to play it out with him. Evaluate at seasons end.

Ireland has to go if there are no playoffs. Can’t write big checks and not get results. New GM can decide Philbins fate. Personally I dont like his style.

example: Vontae Davis needed to be coached up. Talent was more than there.

Great QB's find a way to WIN....not fall back on excuses.

FIRE IRELAND, MR. ROSS!!!!! PLEASE I BEG YOU. CAN THOSE FLOPPY EARS HEAR ME???? I'll be in row 5 this Thursday section 106 if you wanna talk.

Can we trade wallace for another receiver (any current starter will do, cant be any worse) and a cornerback?? Every draft pick this year is a bust hence the need for a CB. And WR is a huge need since Wallace is a bust. Im thinking maybe San Deigo could use a receiver or maybe Dallas. Better start giving Matt Moore more snaps in practice cause Tannehill looks awful, not that Sherman is helping him out any. If there are any hopes for Miami they need to get rid of Sherman and Ireland. Anything short of that will not lead to a winning season.

The play calling is an issue because of the game situation. leading by 14 ball on the NE 20 2nd and 2
instead of running the ball Sherman decides to throw twice and Philbin ok's it does not make sense when your running the ball so well. Tannehill gets sacked as usual because no pocket presence and you take yourself out of FG range. This coaching does not know this team strenghts or weakness.

Not much has changed for coaching, instead of the fist pump we have the confused stare followed by a random clap in the air. Ireland set you up to fail but really Sherman kills any hope of closing out a game with a win with his play calling. Fire Sherman and take over play calling, your only hope Philbin. Fyi we dont have Aaron Rodgers.

So it's official, Tannehill has ended Gibson's season. There goes our best receiver so far. First he ends Keller's season, now Gibson. I'd be afraid to be on the same plane or bus with him.

This team is HORRIBLE.....has been for a long time. Its so sad that someone like myself who grew up watching Marino.....A HUGE DOLPHINS fan since I was 5 NOW CHUCKLES every time they lose....it's hilarious. Thank God for Fantasy Football and the ability to root for other teams and players....Tannehill is the future?


I have never seen a QB take SO MANY sacks....I don't care how bad his line is....HE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO GGET RID OF THE FOOTBALL.


Is it possible Tannehill might be a better WR? He is 6'4 and fast...

I think theyll continue to talk about it as the week goes on... it may not come up in the media as much due to the very short week..

BM was an instant upgrade though to the line..

They should probably start Moore just to save another receiver from having to go on IR due to a bad Tannehill throw.

The horrible call that cost the Miami Dolphins a chance to beat the Patriots can't be chalked up to safety, just officials being way too excited to throw penalty flags.

The Dolphins trailed 20-17 in the fourth quarter when Tom Brady was sacked and fumbled. Dolphins end Olivier Vernon reached out for the ball as he went to the ground, because that's really the only thing to do in that situation. He swiped at the ball and couldn't grab it, and he knocked it back a few yards. The Patriots recovered for a 22-yard loss. All of it was quite normal.

Except that the officials couldn't let the players decide the game.

They threw a flag on Vernon for intentionally batting the ball. It was fairly ridiculous. So instead of the Patriots facing third and 29 at the 45-yard line, they had first and 10 at the 13-yard line. New England scored a touchdown four plays later.

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Evan Mathis (cut by Miami and now rated the NFL’s No. 1 guard by Pro Football Focus),

regression definitely sums it up....but while they have other areas that need to be addressed/improved for sure, the big picture is that most of their issues, their biggest issues, revolve around the OLine/protection--sacks, many of TH's turnovers and the punishment he's taking, inconsistent running game, lack of time for plays to develop (so Wallace is less effective)--all Oline--I dont think it all needs to be blown up, and I think its hard to fairly evaluate TH when the dude is banged up and running for his life, and is constantly forced to make immediate decisions--we need to fix the Oline in the offseason, 2 Guards and a LT at least, another RB/TE that can block....draft and/or free agency--all Oline

what u see is what you get with t'aint,
it's all downtannehill now.

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